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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2012

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Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (563) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours a medium brown with lively carbonation and a 3-fingered tan head which quickly fades. Smells of fruit, barnyard, hay, caramel. Taste is sweet, mildly sour and bitter, figs, tropical fruit, champagne.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (514) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown full tan head. Yeasty, clove, ginger, spice aroma. Mild sweet, tart taste. Medium-full body, texture borders between creamy and sticky. Above average carbonation, a bit of bite in the finish. Overall pretty good but liked last year’s version better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Reasonably good. Very dark brown, somewhat thick appearance as it pours. Good sweetness, Belgian dubbel qualities. A little bready, caramel, bubblegum, clove, light spicing. The alcohol is not all that apparent. Drinkable, tasty. Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Witzend (17) - - JAN 17, 2013
Poured from a boomer surprising dark color nice tan head with a malty aroma smooth malty fruit and spice flavor nice beer for the price ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnoel09 (444) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Poured into an English pint glass. Dark cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet with some mild roasted notes and some assorted spices towards the finish. Medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good Belgian.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (752) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Poured from the bottle I got at Christmas. Aroma is like a Belgium quad, but with an extra pepper or ginger. Flavour shows these more. Poured real dark which seemed odd for the flavor but it’s really good. Nice head and lacing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3241) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Kettering bottle. One of my favorite Christmas traditions. Typical looking dark pour with a thin tan head. Nice change from last year: there is still some of the spice there but a heavy dose of sprucey Christmas tree. Pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4546) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
C&C bottle. Dark brown pour, off-whitish head. Candy sugar, raisin, apple, belgian yeast, warming, and light spiciness. Cheap bottle, quite nice for the price, typical unibroue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7086) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
The corked and caged 750mL pours with a dark brown body that supports a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up full holiday spices and ginger as well as Belgian candi sugar and a slight hint of coffee. The taste delivers malt and apple sweetness with layers of various winter spice notes. Into the finish the sweet malts and sweet apple like esteriness shine through as the spices slowly fade away.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3332) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle; poured a dark cola brown with a rather big brown head. Aroma of cocoa, dark fruit, spice, and yeast. Flavor was similar and rather predictable from this brewery. Nothing new here, but the end result was overall a solid one.


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